How to keep your passwords safe on Shadow

Last updated on Nov 16, 2020

Posted on Jan 6, 2020

One of the main concerns with Shadow is how well your traffic is encrypted over the internet from your device to your Shadow PC.

Shadow has stated that there is custom encryption created that will encrypt all inputs from your local device to your Shadow PC, but to be extra safe, there are a few things you can do.

Today, I will be talking about password managers and why you should be using them, not only for Shadow but for any device you access websites from.

Let us begin!

What is a Password Manager?

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A Password Manager is a program that you usually install to your computer and/or as a browser add-in to save website login information. Most password managers should offer end-to-end encryption to make sure your passwords are safe and only known by you.

Why should you use a Password Manager?

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One of the main points of a password manager is security when logging into websites, programs, etc online. Most password managers copy your password to your clipboard or automatically input passwords into login fields, bypassing the need to type in your passwords.

This allows for extra security against keyloggers that may be recording what you type. It is a lot harder for hackers to figure out your password if all they see is "CTRL + V" or nothing at all!!

Password Managers also allow for the organization of passwords and it makes it easier to have different passwords for each account you set up and use. You should avoid using the same password across multiple websites, and password managers make this easier to manage.

Another great feature of password managers is that most of them have built-in password generators, or password rankers to generate or tell you how secure your password is.

What Password Managers should you use?

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There are a lot of different password managers. From password managers that you have built-in to your browser to third-party password managers like Lastpass, Dashlane, Bitwarden, and KeePass.

When it comes to security, you want to try and stick to third-party password managers. The password managers built into your browsers are not as secure as those built by a dedicated team. Another thing you want to look for are Open Source password managers like Bitwarden and KeePass.

With Open Source password managers, you are allowed to view the code itself to see if there are any security flaws. If you do not know how to code, then more then likely someone else has reviewed the code of the application.

I highly recommend Bitwarden, as it is completely free and it can be used on any platform. It also has a nifty browser add-in for Chrome and Firefox that you can use to automatically enter in login information when logging into a website.

Other tips for keeping your passwords safe

Use different passwords for each login

This is probably the most important. Always use different passwords for each account you have. No website is 100% safe from being hacked, and once the site is compromised, so could your password.

If you use the same password for multiple websites, once one is compromised, theoretically, all of your accounts that use the same password is compromised.

Change your password regularly

Always make sure to change your password regularly. A good starting point would be to change your passwords once every three months. Using a password manager helps with the organization of your passwords, so it should not be a huge deal changing them!

Avoid sketchy sites and torrents

One of the basics of keeping your computer safe, in general, is too avoid sketchy websites, especially torrent sites. Most torrent sites have some bad apples that infect their uploads with malware, viruses, trojans, keyloggers, etc to infect your computer.

Avoiding sketchy websites will help prevent your computer from getting infected.

Final Thoughts

I have used a password manager for as long as I can remember. It has made logging into websites 100x easier. I highly suggest using one.

Keeping your passwords safe is both easy and difficult. No matter what, your passwords will never be completely safe, however, you can prevent or deter your accounts from getting hacked as long as you routinely change passwords and avoid using the same ones over and over.

I hope this blog post was helpful! Until next time :).

Have anything to add to this blog post, or have some feedback? Feel free to comment below!

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